After a well-deserved week off, every team put in all on the line to welcome the second half of the 2019 season. It was a week of big bags of goals, which may flip the goal tally on its’ head.
Whitefriars are straying further from the pack with their eighth straight win, while the Nobbers are keeping themselves in close measure of top spot.
MHSOB have come home strong against a steadily improving Power House, while Glen Eira fought off a refreshed Hawthorn side. Let’s see how Round 9 went down…
Brunswick vs Yarra Old Grammarians
In a battle that could be seen in the finals, the game that started with Brunswick domination soon turned into a closer affair as the Yarra Old Grammarians boys came back firing. However, it was the Nobbers who came home with a narrow 14-point win.
It looked early to be a runaway game for Brunswick, as they held The Bushrangers goalless in the first and second quarters, only managing to kick 10 straight points. This tight defence helped the Nobbers to kick six first half goals on the counter attack, making the Yarra boys pay for their misses. However, a half time break saw the Bushrangers come out all guns blazing, booting four majors to the Nobbers’ three, the Bushrangers clawing their way into the contest. Yarra had a strong final term, holding the Nobbers to only one major, while booting three of their own, but the early misses proved costly come the final siren.
It was only the poor kicking from the Yarra boys that held them back from taking the chocolates, as they booted a mass 15 points from 22 shots at goal.
For the winners, Geremie Ganino had three majors to his name and was rightfully awarded BOG votes, while Ben Wilson also had a goal.
Glen Eira vs Hawthorn
Led by an 11-goal performance from Gryphon Julius Waras Carstensen, the meeting of the old Division 3 foes was a great battle to add to the tally books, with Glen Eira boys overcoming a hard-fighting Hawthorn side by a big 100 points.
Hawthorn worked hard in the first quarter, trailing by only seven points at the first break and set themselves up for a tighter contest. However, Glen Eira put their kicking boots on in the second quarter and ran away, kicking eight goals and slowing the Hawks down to manage only three majors themselves.
The Hawks struggled to remain competitive after half time and seemed to run out of steam, as they kicked only four more goals, led by Justin Raiti’s three.
However, it was another big Gryphons performance, as they booted 14 more goals after half time to seal a big victory that helps them percentage wise.
The Hawks were more effective in front of goal, however, it’s the multiple goal scores that rack up the points, that win you Division 2 footy.
To add to an impressive 11 goals, Andrew Barrett also had nine of his own for the Gryphons, while Ryan Cohen was given votes.
For the Hawks, Joseph Murfet was awarded BOG votes, while Tommie Matthews kicked two majors.
Ivanhoe vs Whitefriars
The Whitefriars boys add yet another four points to their ladder-leading total, with another convincing win this week. Against a fighting Ivanhoe, the Friars prevailed by 59 points.
Leading by only 12 points at the main break, the Friars pushed away in the second, kicking five goals to the Hoers two, to extend the halftime lead to 32 points.
It was a gear change for the Friars after half time, as they piled on seven goals and held the Hoers to only four. The Friars defence held up once again as they leaked only eight Hoers majors and kept themselves intact for another week.
The Friars domination was not shown on the scoreboard, as they missed 18 shots on goal and only managed to boot 15 goals elsewhere.
James Connellan booted four goals for Whitefriars, while they had a neat spread of eight other goal kickers throughout the day. Jordan Wright was awarded Bog votes for the Friars. For the Hoers, Max Post was their multiple goal-scorer with two to his name, while Viv Blackmore-Moore was giving the coaches votes.
MHSOB vs Power House
While both sides play decent football on a smaller ground, there is no place like home and MHSOB proved it against an improving Power House side, coming home 58 point winners.
The Unicorns were forced to play a tighter contest early, before running away with the four points.
Power House tested the Unicorns early, as goal scoring spread across both ends in the first term. The House managed four majors, while MHSOB booted five.
But the Unicorns temporarily steadied their ship in the second quarter, kicking four goals and holding the House to only three.
Power House pushed hard early in the third term, with Ben Circosta kicking two quick clearance goals to give the House a small lead. But, the Unicorns took their game up to a new level and booted 12 majors and running away with the game. The major difference for the Unicorns was the surprise package of Tim Strickland, who single-handedly won his side the game with 10 majors.
Power House worked hard around the ball, but the Unicorns dominated out of defence and scored most of their goals on the counter attack.
For the winners, Louis Phillips was also dominant through the middle and on the wing.
For Power House, Dec Nannery booted five goals and young recruit Trav Scotland was voted in the best with his one goal.
Let’s see how Round 10 can go down…
Bulleen Templestowe vs Ivanhoe
Coming off a double bye, Bulleen are itching to come back firing and continue their push to play finals this season.
They have won 14 and lost 18 quarters this season and only beaten sides below them, so this game will be a great test against a very even Ivanhoe outfit.
Ivanhoe on the other hand had an unfortunate Whitefriars loss last week but have put together a competitive side that is still searching to keep in touch with the top four.
These sides will match up well together, as they both play a lot better contested football and love to put their heads over the ball. Billy Wilson for the Bullants has been in hot form over the past few weeks and will have enjoyed his long break, so he’ll be one to watch in front of goals and in the middle. At the other end of the ground for the Hoers, Blackmore-Moore has been a force to be reckoned with and will be hard to stop in the contest.
This game will be won through the middle, with the team able to dominate in the stoppages that will boot the most goals and take the chocolates.
Power House vs Brunswick
Last time these sides met, the Brunswick boys rolled Power House comfortably and look to add another win to their improving list this week.
Power House however are ticking along better than they were earlier in the year, adding a few new young kids to their list. They managed to remain competitive for three quarters last week, but ran out of legs in the final term. If they can string together four quarters, they may just test the Nobbers side. But, these Nobbers don’t look to be budging any time soon.
Last week their narrow loss proved their guts and strength to hold on when the game was in the balance, so, if the House creep up and test them, the poise and composure will guide the Nobbers through.
The Nobbers need percentage however and if it’s a dry day without too much wind (which is unlikely for the Ross Gregory Oval on Albert Park Lake) it may be a perfect day for the big forwards.
The House will put their all on the line to stop the Nobbers run-on, but Brunswick seem to be on a steady path to keep in second position.
Whitefriars vs Glen Eira
This game may just be the match of the round, with Whitefriars taking on an up-and-about Glen Eira side at Whitefriars College. The Friars are yet to lose out on their own home ground, but the Gryphons recent form, big bags of goals and fast pace around the footy may see them be the first side to knock the Friars off their Throne. But, it is getting more difficult by the week to find any issues in the Friars’ game and their list is looking strong and deep as ever. The number of players that have contributed in front of goal (more than 95% of the playing list) is elite at this Division 2 level.
Glen Eira put on a show last week however and may just be in the right form to steal the four points. But they’ll have to figure out a way to shut down the multitude of goal scores that the Friars are renown for, which means a different defensive structure could be in play. But, the Friars defence need to keep in shape to stop the impressive goal hauls from Barrett and Waras Carstensen last week, which may inspire the Gryphons to take the points.
Yarra Old Grammarians vs MHSOB
While MHSOB prevailed last week, they’ll be up for a bigger challenge against a refreshed Yarra Old Grammarians side.
After the Bushrangers narrow loss after a hard-fought comeback against Brunswick last week, the Bushrangers will be looking to right their wrongs and collect four points. MHSOB let Power House come close in the third quarter, but blew out the margin in the final quarter. They’ll need to stay in front early to keep the Bushrangers at bay, as they are a team pushing to keep alive their finals chances.
Both sides will match up well on this smaller Yarra ground in Doncaster. Both sides are also plagued by injuries to key men, but have been looking for replacements to fill the voids. The success was shown last week with MHSOB’s replacement forward Strickland, who kicked ten majors. This game will be a mental battle, as the injuries play a major part in each sides’ unity and willingness to push until the final siren.